UK Tour | August 2017
Hello all! My apologies for being slack with my blog. My mind has been on other things whilst having a blast here in the UK! I am definitely missing home and can't wait to be back. The photos below pretty much summarise the month of August from our gigs to exploring Oxford as well as London. Enjoy!
Stayed in a pretty little town called Banbury in Oxfordshire for a week earlier this month. Whilst in Banbury we went to explore Oxford which is an amazing town with extremely old buildings.
Me at a Tikky box in Oxford. Most of these have a Wifi hotspot now!
Busker on the High street of Oxford
O2 Academy Islington gig - 19 August
The Pictures below are of our Gig at the 02 Academy in Islington (North London). We had a great gig and the UK bands didn't expect us to be as good as we were. They were very impressed!
After the gig we stayed in Tottenham right next to their Stadium which is currently being renovated. Whilst driving through North London on the way to Tottenham I saw so many Yids with the full kit and "Dreadlocks" as my band call the Peyot haha! The next day after our gig we took a bus from Tottenham all the way into the centre of London where we hired bicycles and went on a sight seeing mission. This was such an amazing experience and it was a really fun way to see London.
The view from our place in Tottenham.
Big Ben! This was the day before they stopped big ben from ringing for the next 4 years!
We had such a great time exploring London. We came back to our home base in Buckingham (not to be confused with Buckingham palace as these are two separate places). We then played an awesome gig in Milton Keynes which is the city very close to where we are staying. We played at a cider festival and the UK were once again in awe of our performance and couldn't believe a band from SA could sound like we did. They kept using us if we were famous in South Africa.
Today is the 28th of August and it is a Bank Holiday here in the UK which is their word for a Public Holiday. We will be heading into London shortly to play a gig at a venue called "the Half Moon" in a place called Putney in London. Apparently this is the South African pub we will be playing at. Photos to come soon!
UK Tour | 21 - 29 July 2017 | PART 1
Since the last time I updated the blog we have played two gigs in London on two separate occasions. Both of these gigs were an absolute blast and we played exceptionally well and once again blew the crowds away. Part 1 focuses more on the first gig adventure. I will update Part 2 very soon which highlights the second gig adventure
The first gig was at the Finborough Arms in the basement which has an intimate but awesome venue. After the gig myself, Marc and Rubin missioned around London finding our way back to Woking where our new friends happily hosted us for a second time. Finding our way back to Woking was an absolute adventure having to take late night busses as well as the last train of the night which was exceptionally lively to say the very least. What an experience!
We then came back home to Buckingham for a bit and to get ready for a big gig at the New Cross Inn on the 27th July. This was a big gig for us as we headlined the show with 4 other bands on the bill. We had a fantastic gig and got the crowd dancing like crazy! Pictures coming soon for this gig, don't have them yet.
On our long Journey from Buckingham to London we ended up taking a red bus through central London as well as exploring WImbledon, the area in which our UK agent lives.
Keep an eye out for Part two which I will update in the next day or so. Just waiting for pictures from the photographer from our gig at new cross inn.
UK Tour | 12 - 20 July 2017
Hello everyone! My apologies for only updating the blog now. I have been settling into the UK life, having a good time.
Since my last post, we have played another two shows. One in Camden town at the Dublin Castle and a second gig at the Buckingham university (the town where we are based).
London is another world! From the little I have seen so far, I would have to say Camden is probably my favourite place in London so far! At the Dublin Castle in Camden, we found out that Paul Mcartney's house was just up the road from us. Not only that, but Abbey road was also just around the corner.
We played at the Dublin Castle which has seen legendary musicians play there such as Amy Winehouse, Madness ands Blur just to name a few. There were a lot of bands playing that night but we outplayed everyone and got a great response.
Whilst in London we were staying at a friends house in Woking/Surrey. Very nice area! We will be staying there this weekend (21-23 July) again. Thanks Russ and Jen for hosting us in Woking! Down the road in Woking/Surrey we found a biltong shop which was a nice piece of home.
That pretty much sums up our first trip to London which included gigs at the Bedford in Balham and The Dublin Castle in Camden.
After London we headed back "home" to buckingham. We then had a gig at the university in Buckingham. Once again there were a lot of bands and we outplayed them all. They seemed shocked that a South African band could sound so international.
UK Tour | 10 - 12 July 2017
A lot has been going on in the last few days. We ventured out of Buckingham to London for our gig and will now be here till Friday the 14th.
So far we have been in Clapham, Balham and Woking/Surrey in London and it already is such an amazing city! We haven't even gotten close to Zone 1 yet! We are currently staying in Woking until we return to Buckingham on Friday.
As you all probably know by now, my bag didn't arrive after a few days of being in the UK. Yesterday was a particularly frustrating day as my bag still did not arrive from the Airport. Needless to say it has been delivered and it is in the past now.
As we got to London we went straight to a band room right beneath the Clapham Junction station (which is apparently one of the busiest in the UK) to warm up for the gig at the Bedford.
Our gig at the Bedford was absolutely awesome. Such an old venue and such a historical one too. There is a green room at the back with artists who signed the wall. Ed Sheeran's signature is on the wall. Pretty cool! and now so is Red Tape Riot! I don't have pictures yet of this but I will get it from Marc's GoPro.
People responded very well to our short set last night and we are looking so forward to playing in Camden on Thursday night.
UK Tour | 9 July 2017
Arrived in the UK safely yesterday but the idiots in Amsterdam didn't send my bag through to London. Oh well, I hope it comes through today (Sunday) or the latest, tomorrow.
We are now in Buckingham and is a beautiful little English town. We are staying right in the centre of Buckingham and there are a fortune of little pubs and takeaway shops. Last night we went on a little pub crawl around the town and went for a walk around the little parks at 10pm at night with a beer in hand and a blue sky.
It is very hot here despite the cloud cover.